Harpoon Dark | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon DarkHarpoon Dark
699 Ratings
Harpoon DarkHarpoon Dark

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of specialty malts gives this beer a velvety mouthfeel with roasted notes and a hint of chocolate, balanced by a subtle hop aroma. Hard to describe but easy to drink, Harpoon Dark is rich in character and light on the palate.

35 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2000

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Ratings: 699 |  Reviews: 370
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of 3leggeddub
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Wally1912
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +31.6%

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rlee1390
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep amber, one finger head that doesn't stay around long.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee.

T-Roasted malt, a lot more coffee than I was expecting, there is some chocolate there as well.

M-Light and medium bodied however it is a little flat.

O-Surprised by this beer, the roasted malt is present and just a good mesh of flavors. One of the better Harpoon's.

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Photo of Kromes
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a finger's width tan colored head. Good lacing on glass.

S: Smells like a traditional lager with only with roasted honey malt.

T: A nice sweet roasted malt flavor with a bit of chocolate in the finish. Slight hop and bitterness flavor balances out the beer.

M: Light body and good carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and tasty. Good all around beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown / ruby at the corners, clear with a thin off white head, some lacing on the glass and low carbonation, looks like beer.

Aroma is sweet and malty but overall weak.

Beer is thin in body, very malty on the get go. It is mildly bitter, roasty at the back of the mouth. The overall beer is nice but very simple. Probably too thin, tastes like a sweet bock. I might have it again in the future.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" mocha colored head which lasted quite a long time. Clear burn umber brown color. Smell isn't strong but includes malt and rye. Taste is milder than smell and a fast swig was forgettable almost like a BMC but a slower more attentative sip yielded malt and rye and a maybe even a little cocoa. A step up from average American beers but I'd still rather have a Munich than a "Munich type".

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Photo of tapman
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark plum/red-brown color, chestnut, dense head of 1 finger. Looks good, head could be bigger. Also, darker than others i have had, but that doesn't necessarily deter me.

Nice, soft Saaz-like aroma, making this a hoppy example, with elements of dutch milk chocolate. Does not smell overly sweet and has a little toast in the nose.

Round and toasty, a little sweet, though not cloyingly so. Some mineral-like notes and a moderate bitterness in the finish. Not as clean as other examples I have had.

Thicker than the Hofbrau and Spaten versions, though not sticky.

A fine example of the style from an American brewery. Prosit!

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Photo of ranger60
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ.

Was intrigued to try an American made Bavarian style dark, having had many in Germany.
Appearance: dark,not opaque.
Smell: Malty, sweet
Taste: Sweet and almost sugary.
Mouthfeel: Nice; decent carbonation
Drinkability: Easily drinkable

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in pint glass

a very dark mahogany, but clear and not opaque. An somewhat aggressive pour provided only about 1 finger of short-lived head.

Sweet floral aroma, with a little less 'regular' toasted malt dominance than expected. Plenty of sweet malt with a trace of hops. Not quite "rich" or complex. Hops and toasted malt are more balanced in the aftertaste.

M - medium/full body with enough carbonation to tingle the tongue.

A: Munich-style session beer, this beer did indeed bring back memories of drinking this style beer in a Munich biergarten.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently you can only get this in variety cases or singles but tried this at the Harpoon Tasting at my Local Beer Nutz.

A - Poured a nice dark amber. Still pretty see through but dark as the name implies. Light tan head too.

S - Smell is faint but not over the top with mild cocoa, coffee, and chocolate maybe a bit of toasted grain.

T - Very tasty stuff. Comes off kind of like a more roasted version of an Oktoberfest. Light chocolate and coffee roast plays with a bit of caramel malt sweetness and finishes rather sweet. Love this malty stuff.

M - It was pretty medium bodied that drank very smooth

Overall I really should have picked up a few bottles since I am sure next week they may not be there especially after the tasting but I will keep my eye out if I see it in another mix and match selection. Very drinkable Dunkel Lager.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber color with great tan head in my pilsner glass. Aromas are plentiful with notes of slight acidic coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, and roast-like goodness. Pure malt flavors, no real hop presence. Tastes like dark malts & breadlike. Flavors like cocoa, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Slightly acidic in taste. Nice carbonation. Light to medium mouthfeel with slight sweetness that's pretty well evened out by the hops. This is a really nice beer. One of my favs from Harpoon. Great to have in chillier weather.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a decnt sized light tan head. The aromas I get are sweet and roasty from the darker malts used to produce this beer. The taste is fairly similar to the smell slightly sweet and roasty. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and medium bodied. This beer has good drinkability and is definitely worth a try

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Photo of dragonclan15
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To begin with it's a nice dark beer...obviously, the label says so.

There is not much of a smell to it and the taste was not as I anticipated. There isn't as much flavor at all.

In trying to be objective I don't know what to really say about the beer, it didn't stand out much.

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Harpoon Dark from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 699 ratings
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